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New community fund to spread airport benefits wider

Created: 23rd May 2018

Bristol Airport has launched a new fund for good causes in recognition of its strong links with local communities throughout 60 years of operations on its current site.

Lollipop crossing, litter patrols and local youth club amongst the first to benefit.

The Diamond Fund will make £60,000 – to mark last year’ 60th anniversary of operations on the current Airport site - available to support people, projects and events which are not currently eligible for donations from the existing Local Community Fund.

Since its launch in 2011, Bristol Airport’s existing Local Community Fund has donated more than £720,000 to community projects. Annual contributions from the Airport are linked to growth in passenger numbers, and this year’s Fund will total £156,000. However, the Local Community Fund does have set criteria relating to noise, transport and sustainability and projects must benefit residents of the parishes of Backwell, Barrow Gurney, Brockley, Cleeve, Winford or Wrington.

“The launch of the Diamond Fund will enable us to be more flexible in the projects we support, providing a funding route for applications from towns and villages in the wider area around the Airport, while still focusing our existing Local Community Fund on helping our closest neighbours” said Jacqui Mills, Public and Community Relations Manager at Bristol Airport.

The first projects to benefit from the new Fund include lollipop crossing in the village of Winford, a litter picking patrol of the A38 and Downside Road; and a local youth centre in nearby Yatton.

More information on the Diamond Fund is available at www.bristolairport.co.uk/about-us/community.

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